Barn weddings have their spiritual home in the USA, but there are lots of UK venues where you can recreate that coveted relaxed, rustic look. Curradine Barns in Worcestershire is one of those wedding venues that lends itself beautifully to DIY weddings.
Styling your ceremony
The Granary Barn is a really dramatic setting for a ceremony. Natural light filters in gently from diamond-shaped cut outs in the rustic brick walls. And a rustic chandelier hangs from the high vaulted ceiling.
A simple way to dress this barn for your ceremony is with flowers. And rustic wedding flowers are all about letting the wild, overgrown side of nature come into its own. Take inspiration from this country wedding, where the happy couple used milk churns filled with cow parsley to decorate their ceremony.
If you want to add props, this shabby chic arrangement from Rustic Wedding Chic looks totally amazing and is something you could put together yourself. The screen is made from old doors which you could find in a reclamation yard. And, if you don't want to pay for wooden crates, there are plenty of crate-making tutorials on YouTube. You can pick up lots of mismatched vases, jars and planters in charity shops and add your own flowers. Then simply drape a length of vintage lace over the top and viola!
Reception barn decorations
In contrast to the Granary Barn, the Barley Barn at Curradine Barns is contemporary, bright and breezy. It looks stunning even without decorations. But it's also a great blank canvas for your DIY ideas.
This DIY barn wedding shows how simple ideas can create a stunning effect. The men's buttonholes are simple DIY fabric hearts. While the table centrepieces are a plain old jam jar. Add some colourful pinwheels and you've got an effortlessly stylish wedding reception on your hands. And, if you're feeling super crafty, these DIY mini terraniums would make unusual placecard holders.
Dressing the Courtyard
Like the rest of this gorgeous venue, the courtyard looks totally beautiful “naked”. But if you want to dress it up, how about super-sizing your decorations?
Got a retro bike you can beg, borrow or steal? Why not turn it into a whimsical wedding prop?
Picture by Paula Donnelly Photography
To find out more about getting married at Curradine Barns, call our friendly team on 01905 670039 or email Isabel